Ohio State vs. Michigan State: 5 Spartans Who Will Key a Victory over Buckeyes

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Ohio State vs. Michigan State: 5 Spartans Who Will Key a Victory over Buckeyes
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Le'Veon Bell has carried the Spartans to a 3-1 record heading into a big contest against Ohio State.

Michigan State faces its third ranked opponent in five weeks Saturday, and these five Spartans will play a big role in securing an upset win over Ohio State. No. 20 Michigan State hosts No. 14 Ohio State in a huge Big Ten contest with title-game implications.

The Spartans are coming off an ugly contest against Eastern Michigan. MSU managed to squeak out a 23-7 lead, but EMU had a 6-3 lead at halftime.

Michigan State is 3-1 and starts Big Ten play in control of its own destiny. A 20-3 loss to Notre Dame two weeks ago was disheartening, but it hasn’t ended hopes of a Big 10 championship in East Lansing.

Ohio State doesn’t have any championship dreams due to the NCAA sanctions on the program, but wins against MSU are big, no matter the circumstance. The Buckeyes are the only undefeated team in the Leaders Division (4-0).

OSU has been inconsistent at best this season. A dominating win over Miami (Ohio) in the season opener has given way to close contests with winless UAB and a 1-3 California team.

The Buckeyes head to hostile territory for the first time this season to face a stingy MSU defense. Michigan State is a three-point favorite, and a win sits squarely on the shoulders of these five Spartans.

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